Getting to the art of friendship in surprise comic hit

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KINGS Langley Players are back again next week with another smash-hit comedy.

After the Second World War antics of ‘Allo ‘Allo and the pantomime fun of Snow White, their next comic production offers the audience something a little bit different.

French language play Art by Yasmina Reza premiered in 1994 at Comédie des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The English language adaptation, translated by Christopher Hampton opened in London’s West End two years later and it was also on Broadway in New York.

A surprise comedy hit, the play raises questions about both art and friendship.

Serge, Marc and Yvan have been mates for years and, like old friends do, take their relationship very much for granted.

But everything changes when Serge indulges his penchant for modern art with the extravagant purchase of a huge abstract canvas at a mind-boggling price.

Marc is horrified and their relationship comes under strain as they debate what really constitutes art. The purchase of the painting begins to symbolise a deeper rift in their actual friendship.

Yvan attempts to mediate but his efforts seem doomed and he is drawn into the conflict too.

Victor Amswych directs for the Players.

He said: “I enjoy making audiences laugh, keeping them guessing and drawing them into the action. Art has all of these elements.

“But what Art is really about is the nature of friendship.

“Serge, Marc and Yvan are at odds about their artistic values but they could just as well be arguing about music – or even footie, anything that people feel passionately about.

“Wherever Art plays audiences respond to the quick-fire banter of the opinionated characters, take sides and enjoy much laughter at their expense.

“Yasmina Reza does a lot of pricking of pomposity and pretension – and that’s always fun!”

Kings Langley Players’ production of Art by Yasmina Reza is on stage at the Community Centre, the Nap, Kings Langley on Thursday, March 10 to Saturday, March 12, 7.45pm.

Call the box office on 07906 695959 for tickets.